Diagnosis and Symptoms
- Lower dull aching back pain which can travel to the buttocks, hips, thighs.
- If the facet of the neck are involved then symptoms may cause stiffness, headaches, shoulders pain and arms pain.
- Pain often is worse with certain back and neck movements especially extending the back/head backwards and bending side to side.
- Muscle spasms can be present over the areas of the involved facet joints
X-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, and bone scans can help with identifying the condition, but quite often appear as normal.
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